Madeline Williamson

Prudential Douglas Elliman
Highlight: Brooklyn expert with an intimate understanding of Brooklyn Heights

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Contact Information (646) 200-5809

Vital statistics

Concentration:
Representing Sellers 75%
Representing Buyers 25%

Geography:
Brooklyn

Price range:
$500k to $1m, $1m to $3m, Under $500k

Lifetime deals: 175

Sales 2006: $27 million

Sales 2007: $22 million

Sales 2008: $15 million

Background

Education:
New York University, BA

Second languages: None

Professional memberships:
Real Estate Board of New York

Active Agent since: 2001

Designations: Senior Vice President

Awards

Recipient of the LEGEND Award for five continuous years in Prudential Douglas Elliman’s prestigious Chairman’s Circle

 

Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Platinum Circle, 2006-2007

 

Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Gold Circle, 2003-2005

 

Ranked # 1 in Prudential Douglas Elliman in 2005 and 2006 for Gross Commission Income throughout Brooklyn

 

Ranked # 1 in Prudential Douglas Elliman in 2007 for Gross Commission Income in brownstone Brooklyn

Specialties

Generalists »

The Williamson Group specializes in Brownstone Brooklyn. Specifically, these neighborhoods include Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Park Slope, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. Having lived in the area for 40 years, I know the area better than anyone. Although no deal is too big or too small, we tend to work with buyers and sellers in $500k to $2 million range. Whether you are a first time buyer, longtime investor or someone simply looking for a Pied-a-terre, The Williamson Group knows the market and can help you to find your ideal home or sell your property for top dollar.

Townhouses specialists »

The Williamson Group continues to sell beautiful townhouses in Brooklyn Heights and beyond. Whether you are looking for a property to fully renovate or a beautiful and classically appointed home that is ready to be lived in right away, we know the inventory and we know the best locations so that you have the complete and ultimate experience of residing in historic Brownstone Brooklyn.

Sellers leaving NYC »

Approximately 80% of our business is people moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Either they are looking for more space, a different vibe or more of a community environment than what they are getting in Manhattan. Whatever your needs are, we know the most desirable properties and locations so that your transition from Manhattan to Brooklyn is one of ease and convenience. And, nearly all of our customers wind up singing Brooklyn's praises and saying they strongly prefer it to their previous location!

First-time NYC buyers »

Because a good deal of our business is in the $500k range, we often work with people who are purchasing their first apartment. We understand that making this type of investment is one that is not taken lightly and people need to feel that they are in experienced hands. Our team provides sound advice in all areas of real estate. We not only know the market well and can advise people on pricing and making the opening offer, but we also have a mortgage expert who works with us full time and can walk a new buyer through that process, too. Most importantly, we are patient and excellent listeners who will do our best to get you the nicest apartment your money can buy.

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Agent's personal statement

As a Senior Vice President at Prudential Douglas Elliman, I am a top Brooklyn broker, a 40+ year resident of Brooklyn Heights, and the founder of The Williamson Group. If you’re selling or buying a home in Brooklyn’s dynamic and ever-changing real estate market, you need a highly skilled broker with a stellar reputation for integrity, expertise and reliability. In short, you need Madeline & Greg Williamson of The Williamson Group.

 

As one Brooklyn’s most prolific brokers, my group and I have successfully closed nearly 150 deals since the turn of the millennium. In 2003, I ranked 4th for volume of deals closed for the entire Prudential Douglas Elliman NYC sales force – out of 1000 agents. Since then, I have earned top accolades every year, placing me in the top 5% of agents nationwide for 2003 – 2005 and the top 2% of agents nationwide for 2006 and 2007.

 

My business continues to increase with the help of my son and partner, Greg Williamson. Having grown up in Brooklyn and having attended Dwight School High School, Greg truly understands New York and has his ear to the pulse of nearly every neighborhood in the City. Across Brooklyn, Greg has the latest information on pricing and trends, and can talk endlessly about the character and tone differences between neighborhoods – from the best restaurants, markets, and nightlife to zoning issues, transportation convenience, and school considerations. In the biggest, busiest, most complex city, Greg’s background, skills and knowledge are an indispensable asset to any seller or buyer wading into New York’s real estate market. Presently, Greg is the head agent at 166 Montague Street, a high end development in Brooklyn Heights.

 

In addition to my professional expertise in Brooklyn real estate, I am a longtime local resident, homeowner, and mother. My husband and I moved to the Heights in 1968, settled on Henry Street, and soon began raising a family. Over the past 40 years, I have witnessed the tremendous changes that transformed Brooklyn. Today, my assessments of present and future value are informed by four decades of local hindsight.

 

With our collective experience living, working, raising a family, and growing up in brownstone Brooklyn, no group of realtors has deeper local roots than us. Whether it’s pricing, long-term value, local issues, market trends or troubleshooting, Greg and I are the team to choose.

Recently sold

Address: Type: Bed: Sqft:
100 Havemeyer Street Condo 1.0 790
100 Jay Street Condo 3.0 -
100 West 57th Street Co-op 1.0 950
105 East 38th Street Co-op 1.0 700
111 Hicks Street Co-op 1.0 -
111 Hicks Street Co-op 3.0 -
122 Ashland Place Co-op 1.0 750
137 East 28th Street Co-op 1.0 750
140 West 69th Street Co-op 1.0 -
145 East 48th Street Condo 1.0 707
150 Joralemon Street Co-op 2.0 -
150 Joralemon Street Co-op 2.0 -
150 Joralemon Street Co-op 1.0 -
150 Joralemon Street Co-op 1.0 -
150 Joralemon Street Co-op 2.0 -
150 Joralemon Street Co-op 1.0 -
160 Columbia Hts Co-op 1.0 800
160 Columbia Hts Co-op 1.0 -
173 Hicks Street Co-op 1.0 -
175 Adams Street Co-op - -
1818 Newkirk Avenue Co-op 2.0 1020
186 West 80th Street Condo 1.0 400
190 State Street Townhouse - -
2 Grace Court Co-op 1.0 700
200 East 16th Street Co-op 1.0 -
201 Clinton Avenue Co-op 1.0 750
201 East 21st Street Co-op 1.0 600
215 Adams Street Co-op 2.0 -
222 Clinton Street Townhouse 2.0 -
235 Adams Street Co-op 1.0 626
241 Sackett Street Townhouse - -
242 West 104th Street Co-op 1.0 -
250 East 65th Street Condo 2.0 1450
270 Jay Street Co-op 1.0 586
28 Monroe Place Co-op 1.0 -
3 Hanover Square Co-op 1.0 900
301 East 22nd Street Co-op 1.0 -
301 East 22nd Street Co-op 1.0 650
304 Henry Street Condo 2.0 750
305 East 88th Street Co-op 2.0 915
40 Clinton Street Co-op 1.0 -
40 Clinton Street Co-op 1.0 850
40 Clinton Street Co-op 1.0 850
40 Ocean Pkwy Co-op 3.0 -
446 Kent Avenue Condo 1.0 643
45 West 11th Street Co-op 2.0 -
46 Monroe Place Townhouse - 4600
520 East 76th Street Co-op 1.0 760
53 Boerum Place Condo 2.0 970
54 Orange Street Co-op 1.0 -
55 Hicks Street Co-op 2.0 550
60 Pineapple Street Co-op 2.0 -
60 Pineapple Street Co-op 2.0 1200
60 Remsen Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 600
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 530
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 760
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 1200
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 700
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 600
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 550
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 600
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 500
75 Henry Street Co-op 3.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 3.0 1400
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 740
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 3.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 3.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 895
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 1200
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 600
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 895
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 500
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 895
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 898
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 1100
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 740
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 1100
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 895
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 1200
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 1200
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 700
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 940
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 600
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 735
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 895
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 740
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 1100
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 895
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 700
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 730
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 895
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 1150
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 2.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 736
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 600
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 -
75 Henry Street Co-op 1.0 550
85 Livingston Street Co-op 1.0 650
85 Livingston Street Co-op 1.0 650
87 Hicks Street Co-op 1.0 -
96 Schermerhorn Street Co-op 1.0 -
96 Schermerhorn Street Co-op 1.0 1000
99 Bergen Street Co-op 2.0 -

Our summary of
Madeline Williamson

"Madeline is a Brooklyn expert, partly because she has lived there for over 40 years. The small-town feel of neighborhoods in Brooklyn make it important for a broker to know every square inch. Madeline teams with her son, Greg, and together, they know Brooklyn cold--the are like walking encyclopedias. They perform equally well for both sellers and buyers."

TopAgentGuide™ editors

 

Verified reviews (9)

“Great personality. Knows the market and the co-op process really well.”
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Alex O.

Posted May 28, 2009. Verified November 9, 2011.

From the beginning, Madeline was great. She’s got a great personality, a great understanding of the marketplace, and a wide knowledge of the neighborhoods which she represents. Madeline also knows the history of the buildings she works with, and particularly with co-ops, she knows what kind of requirements there might be for a buyer to be approved. I think that’s actually the hardest part about getting a co-op in the city, and Madeline is very well-versed in working with co-op Boards to get her clients approved. She’s able to tell her clients what requirements for approval will be focused on most, which I think is an attribute that’s lacking from almost every other agent out there. Most agents don’t understand how these co-op Boards operate, and because of that, lots of buyers miss out on the opportunities co-ops stand to offer. I have already recommended Madeline to multiple people, and I will continue to do so. She’s easy to get into contact with, always a pleasure to deal with, is quick with her responses, and I’ve never had any issues with her.
“Madeline knows Brooklyn Heights better than anyone. She also cut her commission to push the deal through.”
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Tim D.

Posted June 2, 2009. Verified October 5, 2009.

Overall, my experience with Madeline was very positive. I was looking to sell my co-op in Brooklyn Heights right as the economy was crashing, so my situation was probably one of the worst an agent could imagine. Despite this, Madeline was able to get me multiple bids from buyers, and even when some buyers backed out due to the financial crisis, she found more. I think that shows just how well-connected and experienced she is. When we found a buyer willing to commit, I wasn’t fully satisfied with his offer, so Madeline and her partner cut their commission in order to supplement what I’d be making on the deal. Not only were they able to sell in this financial climate, but they were so committed to keeping me satisfied that they sacrificed their own profit, and that’s what I think makes them excellent realtors. I would certainly recommend Madeline to others, especially if they’re looking to buy or sell in Brooklyn Heights. Madeline truly understands that neighborhood better than any other agent in real estate.
“Madeline not only helped me buy an apartment, but she has also helped me rent it for the past few years.”

Michael S.

Posted May 19, 2009. Verified November 9, 2011.

Whenever I’ve worked with Madeline, I’ve worked with her partner (and son), Greg, as well and the two of them go above and beyond what I would expect a team of agents to do. Madeline and Greg are extremely pro-active. They’ve been helping me rent out an investment property for the last few years, and they’ve anticipated a number of potential problems and diffused them before anything ever surfaced. Their communication with my tenants has been excellent, and they’ve continued to act as an effective buffer with any issues that do come up. Everything with the property has gone very smoothly and stress-free because of their help. I would gladly recommend Madeline to a family member or friend. She’s been a pleasure to work with.
“Madeline is easy to work with, honest and responsive.”

Anonymous

Posted May 19, 2009. Verified November 9, 2011.

We had a very good experience with Madeline. She’s easy to work with, forthright, and was always available when we needed to get in touch with her. She’s not like some of the other brokers with whom we’ve worked who took days to get back to us. We would recommend Madeline as an agent without hesitation. She’s a real expert in Brooklyn, and we think she’s one of the top agents from her company. Whenever we work with Madeline, we always find her to be flexible and willing to discuss everything with us. She doesn’t push us into anything we aren’t comfortable with, and she really follows our lead with important decisions such as how to price a property or what interior work is needed to help the sale. It’s clear that she’s been in the business for quite a while.
“Madeline sold my Brownstone in Cobble Hill in one day. That says it all.”

Maugarite L.

Posted May 19, 2009. Verified November 9, 2011.

Madeline was exceptionally helpful to me when I was selling my brownstone and buying my condominium. Madeline sold my brownstone without advertising it - she showed it to people who were already working with her. Within one day of our initial contact, she brought a number of potential buyers, and the second one placed a bid. Madeline also helped me with various problems that arose. Since I was moving to a much smaller place, I needed to dispose of many things and she arranged for dealers whom she knew to come to buy some of them. She also arranged for a disposal company to take the items that I could not sell. Lastly, she persuaded a carpenter whom she knew to come and make some needed repairs in a hurry. Madeline did an excellent job assisting me with my condominium purchase, and she was altogether very considerate. I would gladly recommend Madeline as someone not only helpful, but enjoyable to work with.
“Working with Madeline and her son, Greg, made me feel like I had my own personal team of realtors.”

Anonymous

Posted May 19, 2009. Verified November 9, 2011.

When I worked with Madeline, I didn’t just work with her, but her son Greg was also very involved in the process of selling my apartment, which made me feel like I had a whole personal team of realtors. I was first introduced to Madeline and Greg through a server at my favorite restaurant, which they also happened to frequent. I learned that Greg lived in the same neighborhood I did, and these strong roots gave them a deeper understanding of the area than any other realtor I’d met. Together, the two of them worked very quickly and gave me the attention and information I wanted throughout the process. When I wanted to rent the apartment, Madeline and Greg helped me find the right tenants. I would definitely recommend Madeline and Greg to someone who wants a fast and efficient team.
“Madeline is a great communicator. Very savvy.”
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Michael L.

Posted June 2, 2009. Verified October 6, 2009.

Madeline is truly adept at connecting to her clients and understanding how to communicate with them in an effective way. She gives an honest and straight-forward opinion when she’s asked for it, and her instincts are superb. She can spot a good or bad deal a mile away, and because she lives in Brooklyn, her grasp of the market there is outstanding. Without hesitation, I would recommend Madeline to friends or family. I’ve come back to her a number of times to talk about potential deals, and we are currently working together once again.
“Madeline understands the physical, financial and emotional aspects of moving.”
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Gladys S.

Posted May 19, 2009. Verified November 9, 2011.

I have worked with Madeline on multiple occassions and each one has been an excellent experience. When I first came into contact with her, I was looking to sell my apartment in Brooklyn Heights. After we closed that deal, Madeline then helped me buy my current home in the same neighborhood. She coordinated both business transactions flawlessly, and I’m currently starting to work with her for a third time to find a larger apartment. Madeline has always been exceptionally helpful with logistics, from obtaining mortgage quotes to filling out paperwork, but what’s been most important to me is that she’s always been very good at listening and helping me cope with a move. As a psycho-therapist, I know that moving can be a very traumatic experience. I really wanted to feel a connection to my broker. I needed to have someone who would keep me on track and understand both the physical and emotional process of a move, and Madeline did all of that very well. I would definitely recommend Madeline to my friends and family. She truly understands and cares about her clients needs and is there every step of the way.
“Madeline is full-service. She helped me buy and rent an investment property in Brooklyn Heights.”
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Lenny A.

Posted May 20, 2009. Verified November 9, 2011.

Working with Madeline is fantastic. She’s responsive to my needs and is very aggressive in the way I want her to be. I’ve recommended Madeline to a number of friends since we first worked together, and she’s always the first person I mention when someone approaches me to ask about a real estate agent. When I first came into contact with Madeline, I was trying to upsize through another agent who lacked the pro-active attitude I was looking for. Until Madeline came into the picture, the deal wasn’t moving forward. She was representing the sellers whom I was pruchasing from, and she really took control of the situation. When we were closing the deal, she made sure all the proper documentation was in place and prepared, and it felt like she had become my agent, as well. A couple years later, I was looking to buy an investment property, so I contacted Madeline again. She kept me up to date on what was available, and when we found a property, she introduced me to her rental agent, Greg, who found some wonderful tenants for the property. Together, they were extremely helpful with carrying out my investment wishes.